2015 100 Year Old Vine Domaine des Trinités
This comes from a beautiful vineyard right at the top of 'La Serre' in the Faugeres hills, where the gnarly, old bush vines are up to 120 years old. This is 90% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. The silky feel in the mouth is classic Cinsault and there is a beautiful intensity to the lovely bright aromatics, spice, liquorice, cherry, damson and mulberry. Herby too with thyme and even lavender whirling around your palate. The Syrah adds a dose of sap and grip, but this just glides and glides leaving a lovely rounded, spicy trail of joy across the palate. L&S (Oct 2016)
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Domaine des Trinités L’Etranger 2015 (from £14.50, Lea & Sandeman) Unlike makers of recipe-based drinks such as gin or beer, wine producers can’t simply change what they do overnight. They only get one crop a year. And if they plant a different grape variety – always assuming the local climate (or wine law) allows them to – the vine takes years to bear a quality crop. What they can do, however, is reappraise what they’ve already got, which is what vignerons all over the world have been doing with cinsault, a red grape variety that has, in the past five years, gone from undervalued makeweight to cult hero in southern France (its original home), South Africa, Chile and California. Domaine des Trinités makes a superb example of a wine grape to watch in 2018: perfumed, spicy, satin-textured, utterly alluring. David Williams, The Observer (Jan 2018)
Century-old Cinsault vines. Solid and friendly with some sweetness and real interest for the money. Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2017)
90% Cinsault and 10% Syrah from an old vine plot above the village of Roquessels in Languedoc. 100-year-old vines. Solid and friendly with some sweetness and good interest for the money. GV Drinking range: 2018 - 2020 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2017)
From a 100-year-old plot of Cinsault (with 10% Syrah), a variety that couldn't have been more unfashionable in the second half of the 20th century and couldn't have become more fashionable in the last five years. L'Etranger shows what a lovely grape variety Cinsault can be when yields are kept in check, either by age (as here) or careful management. Juicy, supple and racy with a light touch of tannin and humming with vibrant, spicy, sweet cherry and red berry fruit. Rating: 90 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2017)
Domaine des Trinités
The transition from IT to viticulture is not a path well-trodden, but after working and loving a number of harvests in his youth, Simon Coulshaw decided that it was the path he was going to walk. He worked as hard as he could in the upper tiers of corporate IT with the simple goal of amassing just enough cash so that he could live his dream, his calling, of being a winemaker and having his own vineyards. The wines from Domaine des Trinités are a true reflection of the passions of their maker and his interest in terroir and local varieties.
You will rarely meet someone so clearly passionate about farming and nature - he communicates so well the details of bio-dynamics and organic farming and can talk for hours without ever sounding like a zealot or a preacher. Fabulous man, making fabulous, expressive wines.
The property is roughly divided by 15 hectares falling into the AOC Faugeres appellation, producing elegant and spicy wines, and the remaining 9 hectares in AOC Pézenas Coteaux de Langeudoc, where the wines are softer and more fruit forward - but still tell the story of where they are from - it is this crucial aspect that is so strong with these wines - their sense of place.
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